Looking for theatre that is relevant, diverse, original, and engaging? We bring you stories that will captivate and art that will inspire. Our season is carefully curated to explore the craftsmanship of theatre while capturing the spirit of fringing.

And, since fringing is for everyone, we reserve 25% of the seats at every performance in our season for our Pay What You Will program.

Fringe Theatre is committed to helping artists grow their ideas from conception into full production. Learn more about our Spotlight Program.

Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

Fringe Theatre

August 17 - 27, 2017

With more than 1,600 performances, 42 venues, three outdoor stages, four patios, and 65 vendors, the Fringe Festival is the ultimate DIY Festival!

Fringing comes in all shapes and sizes so don’t be afraid to jump in and make it your own. Explore the Festival and discover How to Fringe

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Reckoning

Fringe Theatre

October 18 - 28, 2017
Westbury Theatre

Reckoning was provocative, aesthetically rigorous and really moving. Its complexity was a large part of its grace and at the end, I stood, not just out of a wish to celebrate the work, but as well because it felt like the only thing to do.”  – Sarah Garton Stanley, Artistic Associate at the National Arts Centre.

Directed and designed by ARTICLE 11 founding artists Tara Beagan (Ntlaka’pamux and Irish “Canadian”) and Andy Moro (Omushkego Cree / Mixed Euro), Reckoning is an ode to the irreconcilable. A triptych in sound, movement and video, Reckoning is an incendiary theatrical presentation of three separate experiences with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Alberta Opera

October 12 – 17, 2017
Backstage Theatre

Jack lives with his Mother on a fledgling bean farm and fills his day with imaginary tales of fantastic adventures to combat the despair and boredom. However one day, forced to trade their beloved family cow for food, Jack meets a mysterious merchant on the way to market and is whisked away on an epic journey of his own!

Jack dangles from a monstrous beanstalk miles from the ground, discovers the vast riches of an enormous castle above the clouds and befriends a most unusual individual: A Giant! But when Jack steals the Giant’s most prized possession, a beautiful singing harp, he’s faced with a difficult choice that tests the extent of his courage.

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Over Her Dead Body

Small Matters Productions/Fringe Theatre

November 28 - December 9, 2017
Backstage Theatre

When a no-nonsense, middle-aged daughter returns home for her offbeat mother’s funeral, she finds herself at an unexpected wake. Nostalgia and reality collide in this physical comedy about the complicated relationship between mothers and daughters, and the soothing power of a nice cup of tea. 

Over Her Dead Body is told in the silent storytelling tradition of Buster Keaton and Mr. Bean. A world première from Small Matters Productions, the company that brought you Edmonton International Fringe Festival hits Fools for Love, Sofa So Good, and Ask Aggie.

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Soiled Doves: A Burlesque With its Boots On/Heels and Boots

Send in the Girls Burlesque/Man Up

January 18 – 28, 2018
Backstage Theatre

Join the award-winning, sold out fringe favourites Send in the Girls Burlesque for their brand of satirical sass, gorgeous girl power and history loving heroics as they buckle up their britches for an evening that is highly theatrical, explosively musical and wickedly clever.  The little known stories of Mary Fields, Belle Star, Della Moore, Kitty Leroy, Ann Bassett – footnotes in the cowboy stories told by campfires, but legitimate thieves, outlaws, and even law-abidin’ citizens in their own rights.

Edmonton’s all-male all-heels revue MAN UP! welcomes you to the circus in their brand new production! Classy, sexy, silly, and fun AF, MAN UP! promises you a night under the big top unlike any other.

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The Chinook Series

Azimuth Theatre/Fringe Theatre/Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre

February 8 – 18, 2018

Chinook Series is Edmonton’s only international high performance arts festival showcasing some of the most acclaimed contemporary art taking place across Alberta, the nation, and worldwide. By bringing together dynamic, daring, and cutting edge artists, Chinook offers the best in theatre, dance, and performance art.

Brought to life by three of our city’s bravest producing companies – Azimuth Theatre, Fringe Theatre, and Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, The Chinook Series offers two hot weeks of cutting edge live performance.

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Cleave

Tiny Bear Jaws/Fringe Theatre

March 27 – April 7, 2018
Backstage Theatre

A new play by Elena Belyea developed as part of the ’15 MFA Playwrights’ Workshop presented by the National New Play Network and Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC. Winner of the ‘15 Wildfire National Playwriting Competition. Shortlisted for the ‘16 APN 50th Anniversary Alberta Playwriting Competition.

For 17-year old intersexed Aaron, the new school year means a new chance at life. For Pina, another shot at head cheerleader. For Mark, open season. A stranger intersects with a family in exile from itself. Parents Paul and Carol struggle to keep secrets from their children, desperate to know the truth. Like a surgeon’s knife before a first incision, the scalpel is poised and ready to slice. 

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Last Chance Leduc

Snowflake Productions

May 8 – 20, 2018
Backstage Theatre

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